ACROSS THE BLUE
Across the Blue
By Carrie Turansky
About Across the BlueSet in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
Across the Blue is set in Edwardian England in the early 1900's and an interesting story about early aviators and the first flight across the English Channel. Being a daughter of a wealthy English newspaper owner, Bella Grayson is more interesting in writing for her fathers paper than marrying a wealthy suitor like her parents want her to do. When James Drake lands his plane on the property of Bella's parents, Bella became more interested, and decided to write an article in secret the see if her father and his editor liked her writing.
I immediately liked James and Bella. James was young and trying his best to be the first one to fly across the English channel, and Bella acted like a normal person to him, instead of the way her rich family acted. The excitement was very high as those who had built the planes and were in the running for the title. And for more information on who else was running and when they did, well you need to read the book to find out. Otherwise, the excitement will be gone if you know what happens.
I will have to say that I did not completely read this entire book. I dropped out about 3/4's the way though. The reason being, I had an ARC to read, and there were a ton of mistakes and typos. It got to the place of being very annoying. I understand an ARC is the uncorrected copy, but I usually find the mistakes very minimal. For a big publisher, and a big author, I was very surprised and disappointed.
However, this is a very good story, and if you are purchasing the book, then you will get the new edited version so your story will be amazing! and I highly recommend this book.
A copy of Across the Blue was provided by Blogging for Books for me to read and review. The opinions here in this review are mine alone.